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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1952. Department of Agronomy.


Copyright 1952, the author. Used by permission.


There is a definite need of improved soil fertility in the sandy soils of northeastern Nebraska. There are many problems to overcome in the proper management of sandy soils in northeastern Nebraska, including wind erosion, water conservation, and soil fertility.

An investigation of one of the sandy soils of northeastern Nebraska was conducted to obtain information regarding some of its chemical properties and the effect of applications of magnesium, boron and sulfur compounds on the growth of alfalfa.

The results of this study indicate that the relatively small amount of total exchangeable calcium and low level of phosphorus make it essential that these two elements be supplied for optimum growth of alfalfa (legumes) on a fine sandy loam. The study also revealed that the supply of sulfur and copper within the soil may be low enough so that better growth of legumes and associated microorganisms might be expected if sulfur and copper were supplied as fertilizers.

Advisors: Robert L. Fox and H. F. Rhoades.